Marco Rubio blasts academics who met with Joe Biden as ‘snobs’

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'These are elitists completely insulated from the consequences of the things they support.'

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is accusing historians who met with President Joe Biden of being “snobs” working against the interest of “everyday people.”

Biden met with a handful of academics, including Princeton University history professor Sean Wilentz, University of Virginia historian Allida Black, journalist Anne Applebaum and presidential historian Michael Beschloss.

The Washington Post reported that during a meeting, the intellectuals compared the current political environment to the elections of 1860 and 1940.

“Let me translate it for you,” Rubio offered viewers of Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” before mocking what the historians said to the President.

“‘Mr. President, there’s millions and millions of everyday Americans out there, and they’re good meaning but they’re uneducated, they’re backwards they don’t know what’s good for them and they’re falling into the trap of really evil people convincing them of things like real democracy, rule of law, enforcing borders … all these things are terrible, and Mr. President, it’s important for us not to let these people — translation, it’s important for us not to let the American people, working everyday people and their common sense — play a role in our decision making.’”

Those with long historical memories might hear echoes of then-candidate Barack Obama complaining about voters in 2008 clinging to guns and religion, an offhand quote that Republicans have riffed on since.

Rubio then blasted “elitists” and “snobs” as he expanded his analysis and set up a paean to the “common sense” and “wisdom” and “working class values” of Americans.

“You used the word snobs earlier today, there’s no better description for it. These are elitists completely insulated from the consequences of the things they support until of course the Governor of Texas buses illegal immigrants to their city, then they start complaining. Until, of course, crime goes out of control because their prosecutors won’t put people away. Then they care because it impacts them.

“This is at the core, the biggest division in American politics today is not Republican and Democrat, it is that we have people in charge of government that do not care about working Americans and are completely out of touch with the common sense, wisdom and the working class values of millions and millions and millions of Americans who, by the way, these people in power work for,” Rubio contended.

A.G. Gancarski

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31 comments

  • Ocean Joe

    August 11, 2022 at 7:23 am

    “This is at the core, the biggest division in American politics today is not Republican and Democrat, it is that we have people in charge of government that do not care about working Americans and are completely out of touch with the common sense, wisdom and the working class values of millions and millions and millions of Americans who, by the way, these people in power work for,” Rubio contended.”
    Did he say that right after voting against the cap on insulin costs?

    • Bill

      August 11, 2022 at 7:44 am

      It’s election season – they all slither out from under their rocks in a desperate bid for attention, good or bad, then when everything is done, they go back to work for the folks who bought and paid for them. It’s a hard problem to solve while money is king.

    • MamaBear

      August 23, 2022 at 8:34 pm

      If conservatives projected any harder, you’d see Marco Rubio’s comments on the moon.

  • Joe Corsin

    August 11, 2022 at 8:14 am

    Vote him out. Let’s get someone in there that will do something for other than the super rich. Also let’s get someone in there who will crush the white supremacist, redneck terrorist militias in Florida.

  • tom palmer

    August 11, 2022 at 9:11 am

    Marquito sounds like George Wallace talking about “pointy headed intellectuals”

    • MamaBear

      August 23, 2022 at 8:35 pm

      Too true!

  • PeterH

    August 11, 2022 at 10:19 am

    Rubio’s voting record has absolutely nothing to do with working class families. Rubio’s ONLY RESPONSIBILITY is to his financial caretakers…. the NRA and the gun lobby to name a few.

    Republicans are America’s problem! Vote Republicans out of office.

    Hey Marco,

    Tell us why Florida is hiring college dropouts with two years of college training in underwater basket weaving are teaching in Florida’s classrooms this Fall? What happened to master’s degree requirements? Don’t you think that American families would benefit from competent teachers in the classroom? What happens when these children apply for college? Do you think they will become doctors or making Lattes at Starbucks?

    • John Doe

      August 11, 2022 at 12:13 pm

      Yer a fool, but somebody has to break it to you: getting a masters (or even a Ph.D. doesn’t make you competent. Anybody with half a brain can do it, so long as they go into debt for hundreds of thousands of dollars. In the end, they then have to get a job to actually learn what it takes; they certainly don’t learn in universities.

      • Tjb

        August 11, 2022 at 2:04 pm

        Looks like we have found John Doe in the “ ‘basket of deplorables”

      • Lee Roller

        August 11, 2022 at 11:23 pm

        Any fool can get a degree. Just look at our Governor.

      • AJ

        August 12, 2022 at 11:47 am

        ok, deplorable. we now know who the uneducated one here is…

        • Only that

          August 16, 2022 at 11:59 pm

          Seems the only thing republicans can do is shoot guns and get angry.

    • MamaBear

      August 23, 2022 at 8:38 pm

      Conservatives prefer the populace to be uneducated. Makes it easier to get elected when people are voting against their own interests, and to pay people peanuts at a dead-end job working at the factories owned by their rich donors.

  • Mary Foss

    August 11, 2022 at 10:50 am

    Not only did Rubio vote against capping the price of insulin, he also reportedly supports an ugly scheme to give women paid maternity leave BUT their Social Security benefits will be reduced $3 for every $1 they take. He has some nerve calling the other side “snobs” when he is totally owned by billionaires who are determined to eke out everything above poverty wages and benefits from working Americans. Don’t fall for his rhetoric. It’s meant to rile voters up against his opponent before the election but his actions speak louder.

    • marylou

      August 11, 2022 at 12:42 pm

      Why all the complaining, Mary Foss? Mothers already get paid 58 cents for every $1.00 dads make. What more do they want now?

  • John Doe

    August 11, 2022 at 12:11 pm

    All through my college and law school years, I was inundated with the same types as professors. Leftists, wildly partisan, true believing communists, America hating nitwits themselves who had been brainwashed by the leftist hippie profs from the 60s. Those who can, do. Those who can’t become college professors. The profs vote 95% plus for Democrats, and actively work to stifle conservatives, and brainwash the new students.

    • Ermine

      August 11, 2022 at 12:26 pm

      A typical right wing partisan rant with no actual examples and no facts. A lawyer? Rudi Giuliani and Sidney Powell would be proud.

      • marylou

        August 12, 2022 at 5:37 pm

        OT Just curious, is “Ermine” a Venus in Furs (Reed), reference?

    • Lee Roller

      August 11, 2022 at 11:25 pm

      Let me guess. You love the poorly educated.

      I wonder why that’s such a popular position on the right.

    • AJI

      August 12, 2022 at 11:48 am

      more like “those who can’t, become lawyers…or deplorables.”

    • Stephen A Dumford

      August 14, 2022 at 9:11 pm

      You never went to college and neither did you ever go to law school. People like you who just type out garbage and insults like you just did are definitely not educated in any way whatsoever.

    • MamaBear

      August 23, 2022 at 8:40 pm

      Source: trust me bro

  • James

    August 11, 2022 at 2:46 pm

    This from the guy who wrote a bonus book at FSU I believe and was vastly overpaid. Little Marco

  • Max

    August 12, 2022 at 8:16 am

    Rubio is utterly useless.

  • Mr. Observer

    August 12, 2022 at 9:14 am

    This literally “those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

    Given the posts I see on twitter and FB by a great deal of the voting public I think there are indeed a vast number of uneducated that cannot think critically therefore are being led into a catastrophic impact on our republic.

  • William Anderson

    August 13, 2022 at 9:44 am

    First, he call average Americans uneducated and backwards. Then he says teachers and journalists are saying that democracy and the rule of law are terrible, which they are not saying. Rubio is lying to people and he thinks average Americans are too stupid not to realize that. Rubio is wrong. We call all see what he is doing. He needs to go.

  • Truth Matters

    August 14, 2022 at 10:32 pm

    I am a preacher’s kid from a family of very modest means.
    I was paid by our government to attend college and to do my PhD studies at an elite university. Most of my grad school classmates can tell similar stories. We are now professional virologists, working in government and the pharmaceutical industry. We have helped the country deal with pandemics, developed novel diagnostics, new vaccines, and groundbreaking therapeutics. We had brains before going to school, and we learned how to use them to better serve society. Rubio’s screed was a fantasy — he was not in the room and had no insider information about what was discussed. Just another lying Republican fooling people who refuse to think for themselves.

  • YYep

    August 15, 2022 at 11:44 am

    This ártica sounds like the Quaker culture
    Word and spending power.
    However they have not all that history

    • Bend

      August 15, 2022 at 3:46 pm

      Academics another word for Quaker’s crackers and a bowl of soup

  • Bend

    August 17, 2022 at 11:11 am

    Anyone in any walk of life can be snob’s people really own that

  • Beth

    August 18, 2022 at 5:14 am

    Does Rubio actually think anyone takes him seriously? How hilarious that he is trying to present himself as representing “the common man”. All Rubio has done is tow the party line so he can sit back and collect money from the NRA. He barely even shows up to vote. He thinks having his staff throw a bible verse on Twitter once a week is leadership. The guy is nothing but another low life Republican who will do or say anything for money, including supporting a treasonous sexual predator who tried to overthrow our government. Time for decent, intelligent Americans to rise up and get these useless corrupt creeps out of office.

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